Ohio’s Buckeye Trail is coming to downtown Medina. The Buckeye Trail — a 1,444-mile hiking trail that loops around the state of Ohio — runs north from the Medina County Park District’s Lester Rail Trail in York Township, north along on Abbeyville Road to Hamilton Road in Medina Township, and then east toward the Hinckley Reservation.
The new route would go south on Abbeyville Road and along West Liberty Street before heading south for a half a mile on South State Road then east along West Smith Road to just south of Public Square.
From there the trail will meet up with the city’s Champion Creek Multipurpose Trail which will connect hikers to Guilford Boulevard, then north to state Route 18 and the hiking trails around Lake Medina to Granger Road in Medina Township.
The new route would link back with old trail in the Hinckley Reservation.
Cecelia Hartman, supervisor of the Medina County portion of the Buckeye Trail, said the old route is congested and unsightly because more than 80 percent of the 57 miles of the Buckeye Trail in Medina County runs along highways.
The rerouted trail will provide hikers with more off-road paths along the Champion Creek trail and around Lake Medina.
“It will make it quieter and better,” Hartman said. “Before it was going through a much busier area and we were trying to get off-road.”
The rerouting comes at no cost to the city. City Council unanimously approved the use of the Champion Creek Trail at a meeting last week.
Hartman said the reroute still needs to be approved by the Buckeye Trail Council, the nonprofit that governs the trail.
The Buckeye Trail is the second longest trail east of the Mississippi. The longest is the Appalachian Trail.
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